UFO 50

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a game by Paul Hubans, and Mossmouth
Platform: PC
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UFO 50
UFO 50
UFO 50
UFO 50

Game compilations have been around for quite a long time now, and most of the time they don't need an excuse to make it work. Usually, they just make a nice menu and let you select any of the games included. Such is the case or Rare Replay and games like Spyro Reignited Trilogy. They are usually made to be a nostalgia blast, and the case of UFO 50 is a special one. So, from the creators of Spelunky and Downwell, let's see what they pulled off this time in UFO 50.

What’s going on here?

If you've just checked the trailer you might be surprised and maybe a little confused. There are a lot of games that look like they are taken straight from the '80s, so there's a lot of nostalgia packed in here. But at the same time, they are all completely new games, so there's nothing here that you've played before. Even though they deeply resemble some classic games, they are entirely new, full games for you to enjoy.

A solid theme

The idea behind this game is to pretend that it is a super title launched back in the '80s and that these are all new hype games. The small group of developers aimed to replicate traditional style games adapted to modern gamers' sensitivities and mechanics. Even though in the NES days some actual game compilations included original games, most of them were terrible.

Making games in GameMaker

But how did they manage to ensure everything remained loyal to what games used to look like back in the day? Well, this is all thanks to Game Maker. You probably know about this software that tons of indie developers use to make their games come to life. Well, thanks to the settings you can apply, you can even limit the color palette, and that's what they did here. Limiting the pixel count and the color palette usable, the games are true to what games used to be, even with the small 32 colors on screen.

Fully-blown games

Of course, you might be doubting they packed real games in here. After all, we've seen throughout the years how many of these collections only included small minigames in there. But don't worry, UFO 50 is packing 50 full games, from beat em ups to a real JRPG. And while all of them can be played by a single player, there are multiple with multiplayer mode, so you can come together with friends and have some fun.


UFO 50 is an interesting title, with tons of real, new games to play included. Is a nostalgia punch, even though you can't feel nostalgia for these games, it's the idea they represent what hits close. It takes us back to simpler times in the gaming world when games were just fun and simple. It's enjoyable, but it can get tiring all the games included since some of them do feel less worked than the others.


  • Excellent art
  • Tons of fun
  • Dozens of hours of fun if you play them all
  • Nostalgia packed


  • Relies too much upon the nostalgia
  • Some games aren’t as well developed as the others

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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